Protect Your Back with Good Spinal Health Practices
We don’t really understand how much we depend on a healthy spine until we don’t have it anymore. An injury, degenerative condition, or simply aging can make us realize how much our spine works for us. We tend to take things for granted until they’re no longer available. Therefore, maintaining spinal health is essential to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. While wear and tear are inevitable, there's a lot we can do to keep our spine working well into our senior years without issues. Our team at Market Place Chiropractic in Lake Stevens would like to stress the importance of good spinal health.
What a Healthy Spine Provides
Firstly, stability and flexibility are key benefits of a healthy spine. The ability to lift, stand, hold weight, bend, and twist without pain or weakness all come from a healthy spine. If you play any kind of sport, you'll need your spine for every twisting action and power movement. To carry weight, a heavy bag, or exercise, again, your spine makes the critical difference in your success. It can do a tremendous job when working correctly, but once pain sets in, the entire system can come to a halt with even the simplest of movements. This is because the entire nervous system runs through the spine, your major highway for everything sensory and control.
Secondly, your spine keeps your body upright so that your internal organs operate correctly. A poorly functioning spine starts to bend, which puts tremendous pressure on internal organs, affecting core health from digestion to circulation and breathing. Fortunately, this can be reversed with treatments like spinal decompression and chiropractic adjustment.
Key Factors in Spine Health Protection
Exercise and strength-building both protect and empower your spine. This involves more than just lifting weights or doing leg presses. The back and core need to be exercised too, with crunches, back lifts, stretching, and twists against resistance. The stronger your muscles, the better they can protect the spine from shock and impact. Not exercising, lack of movement, and poor sitting posture can cause the opposite and usually trigger lower back pain over time.
Good sleep support is also important. Your spine and back have to heal after a day’s workload. If you can’t sleep right, it can lead to cramping and back pain in the morning. Don't forget, the neck is part of the spine too, so a bad pillow can definitely cause a neck pinch eight hours later.
Protecting your walking and running with good shoes will safeguard your lower spine from unnecessary shock and impact. Finally, bending properly when lifting avoids unnecessary strain on the back. Let your legs take the load instead by bending your knees.
Taking Spine Health Seriously
Market Place Chiropractic in Lake Stevens is your answer for improving spinal health through spinal decompression and chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractor can do more than just help with car accident recovery, and we can show you how by helping you protect your spine with regular treatment and guidance. Call us today at (425) 335-0300 to schedule an appointment and be amazed at what your healthy spine can do.